Almanac Book Review – ‘Merger’ (Part 1: Background)

In response to William Westerman’s ‘Merger’, Callum Quirk has taken a fine-toothed comb to the events of Fitzroy in 1996 and the environment in which they occurred. First up he sets the scene at a macro level, by looking at the emerging philosophical trends.

‘Cracking the Big Time…(Part 1)…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill begins a two-part series on players who cracked the ‘big time’ in their journey from Wangaratta Rovers to the VFL/AFL.

Almanac Footy: The 20th Team

Now that the Tasmania Devils has been announced as the 19th team, Dan Hansen considers the prospects of a 20th team entering the AFL

Round 6 – Melbourne v Richmond: We Can Say That We Were Warned

John Green knew his wounded Tigers would be up against it on Anzac Eve.

Round 3 – Sal’s Preview: It’s a high powered weekend

Collingwood just want to have fun, according to resident tipster Sal. Imagine that – footy played for fun! Read more from Sal here.

AFL SIM Matches 2023: Gold Coast v Essendon – Apathy be gone!

Caspar McLeod reviews the practice match between the Suns and the Bombers which the Bombers won by 5 points in a closely fought match.

Almanac Footy: President of the AFLFA steps down

    A longtime friend of the Almanac, Cheryl Critchley, is stepping down from her role as President of the AFL Fans Association. This morning we received this media release below where Cheryl marks her departure and reflects on her work at the AFLFA. Best of the luck for the future, Cheryl! …     [Read more]

Wayne Jackson: A life in football

An in-depth look at the life and times of highly respected former AFL CEO Wayne Jackson by Rulebook

Almanac Footy: An Ode to Collingwood

Like many Collingwood supporters, Jackson Mansell is feeling pretty good about his team at the moment as his ode to them suggests.

Round 19 – Collingwood v Essendon: Footyism

Jackson Mansell is in raptures after the spiritual experience of watching Collingwood seemingly rise from the dead against Essendon.

Round 18 – Sal’s Preview: The Finals Start Now

Sal casts his eye over the Round 18 fixture and acknowledges the importance of many of this week’s match-ups.

A Bigger Bite Of The Cherry: The AFLW’s Second 2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement

Braham Dabscheck discusses the announcement of increased AFLW player payments for the 2022 season.

AFL Fans Association: AFLA thanks Gillon McLachlan for his service as AFL CEO

AFL Fans Association thank Gillon McLachlan for his service as AFL CEO on the announcement of his retirement from the position at the end of the 2022 season.

Opinion: What if Declan Mountford makes his Eagles debut but nobody knew? The day integrity and the AFL parted company

John Gordon thinks the AFL stuffed up big time by hamstringing his Eagles who had to play with several missing due to Covid protocols – what do you think? Would it be a different kettle of fish if flag faves Melbourne were playing?

Round 9 2018 – Essendon v Geelong

With the Bombers playing the Cats in Round 1, Citrus Bob Utber thought Essendon fans may like to relive their victory over Geelong in 2018 with his report from the match.

Almanac Footy: The 2021 AFL Draft, Night One

The 2021 AFL Draft is underway. Here are the top 20 picks from Night One.

Dale Morris Grand Final Lunch Zoom Interview with John Harms

Bulldogs premiership defender Dale Morris joined John Harms for an interview on Zoom prior to the Footy Almanac’s Grand Final lunch. His memories of the 2016 finals series are incredible – enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Tom Wills – what happens now?

Andrew Starkie asks how we might respond to recent research which suggests that iconic Australian sports figure Tom Wills was ‘a member of a party that hunted down and slaughtered hundreds of Aboriginals in reprisal for the murder of his father and others in outback Queensland…’ (Challenging indeed – Ed.)

Almanac Footy: The perfect opportunity for Australian rules football State of Origin

Dave Warner has a cracker of an idea that would fill the dead space created by the pre-grand final bye.

Finals Week 1 – Port Adelaide v Geelong: BITS Saints march out while Port win in Fantasiastic fashion

Nick Kossatch went through the trials and tribulations of finals footy, witnessing his BITS Saints square off in a preliminary final while also revelling in Port Adelaide’s complete performance to open the AFL finals series.